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Hummingbird on White














Medium format camera
120mm macro lens
Short extension tube

Two medium sized soft lights were used. The first was placed bebind the flowers and was actually used as the entire background surface. The second soft-light was placed to the right of the lens. A white fill card was placed to the left of the lens. A laser trigger was aligned across the inner throat of the iris so when the hummingbird came in to drink the necktar her beak would break the beam. A delay module was used to delay the trigger signal long enough for the bird to finish inserting her beak before an electronic cable release tripped the shutter. After everything is setup theres's nothing to do but go and sit in a lawn chair until your strobes go off and then its time to recock the shutter and take another break.
The exposure was 1/500 sec. at F22 with electronic flash. The ambient exposure would have been 1/8 sec. at F22 which putting the ambient light 6 stops under exposed. This is one of those times where it really is nice having a flash sync speed of 1/500 sec. as the ambient light had no effect on the image making it possible to get the detail in the wings.

Photo by Peat

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